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Parts Dale writes “In Chicago Tuesday, I came across an Auto Dismantling Demonstration, sponsored by Allstate and the Chicago Police Department. They wanted to show how a chop shop operates, taking apart a car for its parts. They wanted to show that it could be done in under twelve minutes or less. According to the Allstate spokesman, the stripped parts from a stolen car fetch more than the book value of the car and the most popular stolen car is the Honda Civic because it has interchangeable parts…”10-18-05 1158 Three men set out to take apart a Chevy Monte Carlo using only hand tools. They started by removing the hood, which is worth $510. Then, they removed front and rear bumpers followed by the doors before moving inside to remove the seats. 10-18-05 1217 Finally, they removed the wheels, which were worth $2200 on the aftermarket. It only took them eight and half minutes to reduce this car to rubble. Here is a three-picture sequence that I took with my cameraphone. 10-18-05 1219 While Allstate wants to show us how quickly car thieves can strip a stolen car, Makers might walk away from this demonstration with a different thought. Gee, maybe that old car of mine is worth more if I take it apart and sell it piece by piece on eBay or elsewhere.


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